This fall is one of the best we’ve seen in a long time when it comes to video games. We’ve got an all star line-up from September through to December and with great games being released throughout, people are constantly hyped to play new games. Some months in that bundle are more lacking than others however and October seems to be one of those. There certainly have been a couple of really awesome games released this month but is it enough to make October a standout month?
So we’ll start off by looking at the games that were released this month. Obviously the big one is Halo 5: Guardians and although it is an Xbox exclusive title, it gathered a fair amount of steam in the run up to launch. We think that Halo 5: Guardians was just short of a masterpiece but other reviewers didn’t rate the game as highly as we did and it landed itself on Metacritic with a solid, but not as good as previous titles in the franchise, 85.
Another game that launched in October was Assassins Creed: Syndicate. Ubisoft usually put out a decent product when it comes to the Assassins Creed series and while this year was no exception, the hype seemed to fade in the lead up to the launch of the game. Combined with that, the reviews (while not as bad as Unity, rated at 70) left a lot to be desired at a mediocre 76. This was in comparison to previous titles such as Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag, rated quite highly by fans of the series at a respectable 83.
But the real reason that October wasn’t as big as we thought it would be is the fact that the games coming in November all but outshine October altogether. When you see the line-up of games this fall a huge amount of these titles, such as Star Wars: Battlefront, Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider all fall conveniently into November, sucking all of the oxygen away from other games that may deserve it. Developers are supposed to develop for the person who can only afford one or two games a year and make their product the “must have” for the year. It just so happens that every game in this article feels like a must have and the majority of those titles release this coming month.
Bottom line is, October was a good month… November will be spectacular.